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November 24th, 2006
I picked up Chris at 08:10 and we headed for Bayview... we were quickly distracted by a northbound clearance on the Hamilton sub for CP #255, 8809 North, which we got at Guelph Junction with CP #159 passing behind it. Then we went to Bayview, where we caught a backhoe doing comical manouevers, CN #392, #421, VIA #73 with 6414, the Lotto Quebec engine, CN #271 with a UP trailing, VIA #72, CN #385, grabbed lunch, migrated to Paris and caught CN #385 again. CN #330 came next with CN 8004 on point, followed shortly by CN #331 and CN #398. CN #332 pulled up to the crossing for a crew change, VIA #76 passed, and CN #390 with a real WC leader pulled up to the signals at Paris Junction to wait for CN #435 and VIA #75. We caught London Pickup at Ayr on the way home. Not a bad day, all told!
Guelph Junction, Ontario
(map) Technically Campbellville, Guelph Junction is the junction of the Guelph Junction Railway -- currently serviced by OSR -- the CP Hamilton sub, and the CP Galt sub. It is between Milton and Galt on the CP Galt sub.
CP #255 comes off the Hamilton sub through the rule 105 tracks at Guelph Junction with 3 brand new engines on their third run and an overly long train.
Bayview Junction, Ontario
(map) This is where the CN Oakville, CN Grimsby, and CN Dundas subdivisions meet at a great big wye, beside which is the CP Hamilton sub. This location encompasses CN Bayview Junction, Hamilton West, and Hamilton Junction.
VIA #73 with Canada's ugliest locomotive - VIA 6414 in Lotto-Quebec paint - heads for the Dundas sub.
CN #271 heads West.
VIA #72 heads for Aldershot.
CN #385 pulls out of Snake and starts up Copetown grade.
(map) Paris is just West of Brantford on the CN Dundas sub and was once the site of the junction between the Dundas sub and the completely defunct Drumbo sub that connected Paris and Stratford. There's also a large trestle in Paris.
CN #385 passes through the crossing at Paris Junction.
CN #330 heads through with a CN SD70M-2 on point.
CN #331 passes through Paris Junction.
CN #398 passes through Paris Junction.
VIA #76 heads for home.
CN #435 passes while I use my tripod to take long exposures of CN #390.
VIA #75 with 6420 and 6413 never quite comes into focus as the light fails completely.
(map) Ayr is between Wolverton and Cambridge on the CP Galt sub and houses a small backtrack yard and the Ayr Pit Spur.
CP London Pickup crosses through Ayr, wrapping up an altogether great day.